Finish off your C.V. with a well formed letter

A covering letter is an essential part of your job application process. It is used to show your understanding of the role and your interest in the company, and to demonstrate how you and your skills and abilities match the vacancy perfectly. Again there is a lot of advice and guidance for these through employment agencies and online services, again some of which will need to be paid for, but a paid-for service is not necessarily a better service. There are a wide range of templates for covering letters available, also in a variety of styles and lay-outs to help them ‘catch the eye’, and although there is no uniform guidance about the format and content of these letters, there are three golden rules to follow, and wherever possible ask a reputable employment agency, or a friend or family member to read through your letter to make sure it makes sense, reads easily, contains no errors (fatal), and achieves the three golden rules below.

The best covering letters follow these three golden rules, which, although short and sound simple, are difficult to follow:

  1. Remind the job advertiser what they have said they are looking for.
  2. Tell them how you fit the job description, and why you are the best choice for the position.
  3. Keep it short, keep it simple, keep it accurate.

Job recruiters, employers and managers need to make up their minds about whether someone is a potential candidate for a job very quickly. A covering letter may make the difference as to whether they will even look at your CV or not. Your letter must contain everything they want to know and it needs to be concise.

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